xxiv THE MOSAICS IN S, SAVIOUR IN THE CHORA 325 ancestors of Christ, from David to Sakthiel, and Melchisedec, Ananias3 Azarias3 Misael, Daniel, Joshua, Moses, Aaron, Ur3 Samuel, Job. 33. la the north-eastern pendentive,— The scene has disappeared. 34. In the south-eastern pendentive. — S. Joachim (Mary's father) , with his sheep in the desert, praying and mourning that his offerings have been rejected because he was childless, 35. In the north-western pendentive. — The High Priest judging Mary. 36. In the south-western pendentive. — The Annunciation to Mary, 37. In the eastern lunette below the dome. — The Annunciation to S, Anna, the mother of Mary. 38. On the soffit of the transverse arch between the first and second bays, — To the east, the meeting of S. Anna and S. Joachim ; to the west, Joseph taking leave of Mary before his home, and proceeding to his work in another part of the country, accompanied by a servant. Second Bay 39. In the eastern lunette. — The birth of Mary, 40. In the western lunette. — Joseph receiving the rod which marks him the successful suitor for Mary's hand, and taking her as his bride-elect, 41. In the vault, — To the east, Mary held in the arms of S. Joachim, receiving the blessing of three priests seated at a banquet j to the west, the child Mary caressed by her parents. This scene shows much feeling, 42. On the soffit of the transverse arch. — To the east, Mary taking her first seven steps ?J fora/Sri par ifowra, ; to the west, the high priest praying before the rods, one of which, by blossoming, will designate the future husband of Mary. 43. On the eastern wall, to the north of the main entrance into the church. — The Apostle Peter with the keys in his hand. The Third Bay 44. In the lunette over the main entrance to the church. — Theodore Metochites on his knees offering the church to Christ seated on a throne. The legend 6 Krrjr^p Aoyoflenjs rov o 1 The remarkable head-dress he wears was given him as a special distinction by the Emperor Andronicus II. Palaeoiogus. The poet Philes (ode 41 in the appendix to vol. ii. of his works, lines 117-19) says ^opovvra - '' '